River Rafting

River Rafting in North Thailand

River Rafting is becoming increasingly popular in South East Asia. Commercial river rafting trips where brought to North Thailand by Frenchman Guy Gorias in 1988 on the Pai River, flowing down from Pai town to Mae Hong Son. At that time there was nothing in Pai, only two small guesthouses and no hotels. Today, the Pai River rafting trip is very popular, and still operated by Guy’s team: Thai Adventure Rafting. However the Pai River is not a day trip from Chiang Mai, it’s a two day expedition to the fairly remote Mae Hong Son province. In Chiang Mai, there is only one suitable river for a real experience: the Mae Tang River.

What you need to know about River Rafting in Thailand
As of today, there are many commercial rafting operators on both rivers, but still absolutely NO regulation from the government, or the Tourism Authority. The trips we propose here on both rivers are operated by the Thai Adventure Rafting team. There is no compromise on the safety of our customers.

Thai Adventure Rafting®
- First commercial white water rafting operator in Thailand, pioneer of the Pai River, since 1988
- A completely clean record of accident and no fatalities
- Over twenty thousands satisfied customers in the past 25 years
- Some of the best rafting equipment in the industry, including hypalon boats, Carlisle paddles, EEC standard life jackets and rafting helmets
- Fully trained river guides and captains, as per European standards (French Canoe Association)
- Senior river guides being with the company for over a decade
- Fully insured as per Thai law for risk and sport activities
- The only company mentioned with good credential in most foreign travel guides books as Lonely Planet, Frommers, The Rough Guide, Stephan Loose, Let’s Go, Le guide du Routard. Wide trip report and coverage in numerous local magazines and international travel publications.

Two rivers, One company

The Maetang River
The Maetang River takes it’s source in the mountain of Myanmar (Burma) and flows through northern Thailand, winding it’s course through jungle behind the Chiangdao mountain range and onto the Maetang valley, before joining the Ping River just above the city of Chiang Mai.

Maetang River Camp
The Maetang River Camp is the base for all our rafting trips on the Maetang, and is located in the Ban Muang Gud village, approximately 75 km by road from Chiang Mai city. With a good access paved road, it takes just one hour to reach the camp. Being located on the river bank with a landscaped tropical garden and a few dormitory huts, the Maetang River Camp is the ideal base for overnight and day trips. The camp is also a base for river kayaks and we can provide quality kayaks for expert paddlers.

Our River Rafting trips on the Maetang
We operate daily river rafting trips, starting from Chiang Mai in mid-morning, during the rafting season. See below for our tour options.

The Pai River
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Pai river, thanks to an excellent compromise between wilderness, challenge and safety, offers one of the best rafting expedition spot in the world. It will get over the expectations of the beginners and surprise the outdoor enthusiasts. Starting from Pai, a green-village nestled in a peaceful valley, the middle section of the Pai River stretches over 60 kilometers of rocky landscapes and non-accessible jungle forest; it offers fun through as much as 60 rapids up to class 4.

Two days River Rafting trip on the Pai River
On this two days, you will also discover hot springs, swim in gorges, shower under waterfalls, surprise colorful birds and other wild animals in their environment. You will stay overnight in a jungle camp in harmony with the nature.
The trip ends up 110 km from Pai, in Mae Hong Son town. Mae Hong Son is a charming quiet little town, inhabited by Shan and Thai people, located in the far west of Northern Thailand, close to the Burmese border.

For more information on the Pai River, please check out www.thairafting.com

Last recommendation
Before signing up for a rafting trip, you should check around and make sure you are buying a tour operated by a company with good reputation. When going on an unknown river, you can only trust the operator or it’s captain. During the raining season with strong tropical rainstorms, possible floods and high water level, sometimes your life can be involved.

Ask your hotel or tour office about NorthernTrails® brochure and programs.
Or come directly to our booking office inside the CITY CAFE, 7/4 Rajawithi road, in the old district of Chiang Mai city.

See our tour selection below, operated by Thai Adventure Rafting®

Tours